River of No Return
Full Episode

Watch the full episode of the PBS Nature film, River of No Return.

Central Idaho’s Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness is the largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48 States. Endless rugged mountains, wild rivers, forests and deep canyons define this land — home to numerous species of wildlife, including wolves, who have just returned after 50 years of near absence. A young couple, Isaac and Bjornen Babcock, chose this wilderness for their year-long honeymoon. But what begins as a romantic adventure becomes something much greater for the couple — and a tale of hope and celebration for every life trying to make it in the unforgiving heart of the wilderness. Buy the Blu-Ray or DVD. This film premiered April 18, 2012. (Video limited to U.S. & Territories.)

  • Randy Silbernagel

    This was awesome Isaac. I loved every minute of it. Job well done by you and Bjornen!

  • Michael Hall

    My family and I loved this beautifully filmed and engrossing story! What an amazing journey for two adventurers with an obvious love for eachother and the wilderness of Idaho. We especially enjoyed the footage at night of elk and friend! The otters were, well, otters! The wolves were amazing as well of course. Makes me want to keep the wilds wild indeed. I hope these two continue to work in this field and maybe we will see more of them in the future!

  • Bruce Buskill

    I watched this last night on the T.V., it reminded me of one of my favorite books “Cry of the Kalahari”. If you have read the book, you will know why. Well done Isaac and Bjornen.

  • Diane

    Captivating glimpses of Nature at its pristine and balanced complexity, showing beauty and pain in all its splendor and tragedy. Thank you for sharing highlights of your adventure and bringing us closer to our own wild call to relate to other creatures. Look forward to watching again when too much civilization creeps into my soul.

  • Katherine

    I really enjoyed this. It gave me hope. I would like to do something like this when health improves. I have late stage lyme disease.

  • Candice

    This really was awesome. When I think of Idaho..I think potatoes. And I knew there were wolves there but I never imagined it was like this! A whole other place like Yellowstone but with less to no people. Thank you for sharing this film with the public!

  • quoc

    Truly amazing Isaac. I’m very happy to see you go through your passion to the fullest. May great strength come your way to continue these types of adventure. Great job to you and Bjornen.

  • Elizabeth Lipman

    This was a remarkable film about an amazing adventure.. However, I was disappointed that they did not say more about how they survived in the wilderness. I kept wondering what they ate. Did Isaac fish or hunt? Or were supplies brought in for them by that little plane? Obviously, they could not carry a year’s supply of food on their backs.
    I felt so sorry with the wife because of her struggle with R.A. Did she have no pain killers with her? I wonder how she is doing now. I hope her disease can be controlled in some way. What a courageous woman she is!

  • Quoc

    that was great Isaac! I’m so happy to see you so determined and strive for your passion. May great strength come your way for future adventure. Fabulous job to both you and Bjornen.

  • Steve

    Beautifully done! I wish I had the courage earlier in life to explore as you have.

  • kim wheeler

    I can’t remember when I have been moved so much by a program. You have inspired me to make plans to visit this amzaing place next year. What a tribute to the natural world and all that it has to offer people, if only they would slow down and see it.

  • Helen

    Wow i live in idaho! And i dident know ther were wolfs here! ( i dident wach the show yet dow but im gona do it now )

  • william huard

    After watching the wolves interact with their pups and then realizing that 42 wolves were killed in the CHURCH during the 2011 2012 hunt, I have nothing but contempt for human beings who have nothing better to do but to kill these majestic animals- For what? Isacc said it best- “wolves need wilderness so they can live by their rules not ours” Sometimes I am so ashamed to be part of the human race

  • R.K.sharpe

    Beautiful.

  • Heath Denning

    Isaac and Bjornen, words are hard to find, amazing, Incredible, Truly Inspiring, I am happy the two of you completed the “honeymoon”. Isaac I hope to reunite in the near future and meet your amazing wife. Congratulations to the both of you. I will pass this on to those who can appreciate. Prayers for Bjornen and her fight with R.A..

  • Tim

    What a wonderful episode; one of the best I have seen in a while. The dialogue was touching and really brought out the wonders of nature. Great work guys!

  • loiscohen

    We loved the program. Such fabulous footage, so hugely unique. Such courage on both parts. I too am interested in how Bjorn is doing today, as well what they ate; both aspects of survival I would think. We look forward to more from this fabulous couple!

  • JC Alm

    It is just amazing! Wonderful! Keep offering us the best of your programs. THANKS!

  • marilyn mcgee

    Not only was the footage amazing but the compassion that you too share for each other as well as the natural world was so uplifting. My sister and I visited this area last year and also find the Frank Church to be magical. I hope there will be more programs about your adventures in the future.

  • Kim

    Beautiful, very inspiring show! Bjorn you have inspired me greatly, I have Osteo arthritis!
    I agree with William Huards post, the very recent slaughter of the wolves out west is a crime against nature!
    They need the wilderness and not our ignorant, greedy rules!

  • Patricia M. Crayford

    Words cannot express the joy you brought into my life as your journey unfolded in unspoiled nature and
    with amazing candid narration. My being was in pain for Bjornen as I, too, have RA. I was diagnosed
    4 yrs. ago at 69 yrs. and am now pain free, no swelling, normal energy level, all due to Chinese herbs. I have no
    agenda but ask that you feel free to email me Bjornen so as to continue as a couple to seek out and share
    your passions. Isaac, to feel your love and concern for Bjornen was truly as grand an experience as was
    your caring for the wolves.

  • Cynthia

    Beautiful! Thank you for the film and sharing!

  • KURT CRUGER

    Thank you both for sharing and all your hard efforts. It was awesome for me to return to the river of no return as I too spent some time in Idaho’s Nez Perce National Forest, even though I was working for the US Forest Service. I share in your love of wilderness and appreciate the task you completed.

  • Joseph

    Thank you for filming and sharing your experience.Living in the wilderness( The Selway-Bitteroot) has always been a dream of mine,you have captured that experience for me.My thoughts and prayers go out to Bjorn in her struggle with R.A.,that took so much courage and internal fortitude,you are a remarkable woman.

  • Elise

    Is Bjornen off gluten and dairy yet?

  • Marie

    What a wonderful story and hope you are both doing well. As for Katherine on 4/19/12, good luck with late stage lyme disease. Hopefully, you can do a trip like this in the future. Please keep up the good work.

  • Barbara

    Thank You Isaac and Bjornen.
    For letting us be a part of your journey
    You give us encouragement to strike out into nature again ourselves
    as the chill of winter fades
    and spring times warmth and flowering calls to us

  • Dianne

    Bjorn,
    I am a woman of 64yrs and until 6 months ago I had so much pain on my left hand I could not grip a jar to open or even close my hand. I started taking Astaxanthin and Krill Oil 6 months ago, and within a month, I can close my hand and grip and open jars. I will continue to take these supplements the rest of my life. I feel like a kid again. No one should have to suffer from arthritis. Watch the following Youtube re Astaxanthin.
    Dianne

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duIZR6jgs1w

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvxs6ajhkJQ&NR=1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rw7WFCJ9NE go to 6:10 for intro to Astaxanthin

    http://www.vitacost.com/Twinlab-Krill-Essentials-Omega-3-Cardio-Krill-Oil

    http://www.vitacost.com/Vitacost-Natural-Astaxanthin-Featuring-Hawaiian-BioAstin-10-mg-60-Softgels

  • Amy Perrin

    I watched this with my boyfriend the other night, and we both really enjoyed it. I have always been a fan of wolves, so I was drawn to this program. Beautiful scenery, and Isaac and Bjornen are a very engaging couple. I, like a few others, was curious about what they ate while out there, and wish that they had addressed this. I have MS, and could never be as brave as Bjornen was/is. Bjornen, I pray that you are doing well, and that your RA isn’t causing you too much distress. If you are not familiar with the medicine LDN, I would highly recommend it for you. Many blessings to you both!

    http://www.lowdosenaltrexone.org/index.htm#What_diseases_has_it_been_useful_for

    http://www.ldnscience.org/low-dose-naltrexone-ldn/what-is-ldn-used-for

  • Jon Hallberg

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful place and experience. The elk defending one another and the otters doing what they were designed to do. As I said, thank you for sharing.

  • Max Reiner

    This story sure beats any “hard news.” We all need more of this.

  • Jacqueline Fox

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and profound experience.
    It reminds me of the twelve years that I spent living on the Salmon River
    in the Siskiyou Wilderness of northern California. I wouldn’t have traded
    that experience for anything in the world!

  • Ken Walker

    I read an article in the Casper Star-Tribune about Isaac and Bjornen’s year long odyssey, which lead me to view this awesome piece of film work. Thank you for sharing your experiences with those of us that really do appreciate these types of adventures, but for one reason or another we won’t or can’t follow in your footsteps. Without people like you two, the rest of us would never know of other worlds like this. I think people like John Muir (sp?) would be especially grateful for the education value (to those of us that really don’t know the wilderness like this) that you and your cameras have provided. However, my concern is for Bjornen and her arthritis, and feel that I must share that starting at age 61, I began to do my own research into doing something for myself (other than take prescription medication that didn’t seem to be working very well after a couple of years) to at least control my osteoporosis (which I found out I had after I collapsed 3 vertebrae) and about 30 years of gradually worsening arthitis. I have reversed my osteoporosis and gotten rid of 95% of my arthritis in about 3 years by changing my way of eating toward a more vegetarian diet (which is basically how we are genetically designed to eat). I got a lot of help from the following three books (for everyone’s benefit that may happen to read this – it will give them a starting point) “A Doctor’s Proven New Home Cure for Arthritis” by Giraud W. Campbell, DO — “Preventing and Reversing Osteoporosis” by Alan R. Gaby, MD — “Green for Life” by Victoria Boutenko. The first two confirmed what I discovered during my research. Victoria’s book really helped me get rid of the arthritis. I made a cd of my research to share with others (I give it away) and I can email it also, therefore, if Isaac and Bjornen would send me an email address I will send them my research findings (and their email address won’t go any further – maybe we can do this through a PBS/Educational Broadcasting Corporation email address and if that is possible maybe anyone interested in my research can also be included on this list). Nobody’s email will be used other than making it possible for me to get this info to them. I am not selling anything. Maybe somebody at PBS/EDC can put my info on their web site and hook a link to it from this film so anyone that wants to can have access to this info? If so, contact me. One last thing – I am almost 65 and since last June, I get out of bed every morning and nothing hurts (took me about 2 1/2 years to get there). I didn’t know it was possible to feel this good this late in life – I seriously haven’t felt this good since I was about 29. I wish everyone could feel as good as I do (obviously it is never too late to give it a try). I take no prescription medication – haven’t for at least 3 yrs. Sorry this is so long, but I hope some good may come of it for a lot of people and I see that others share my concern for Bjornen.

  • Patrick

    I am interested in Ken Walker’s information above written on 04/28/12 at 2:28 AM. Could you please pass my information onto to him, so that he may send me his research.

    Thank you very much.

  • Jeff Schimpff

    39 year ago, when I was 24 I hitch-hiked from my home in Breckenridge, CO, to Stanley, ID, and then got a ride with a couple trout anglers to Seafoam Guard Station near the boundary of what was then the “Idaho Primitive Area.” I backpacked down Rapid River to the Middle Fork, then down the Middle Fork a few days before heading out via Yellow Pine. In a week I saw a few rafters, and only two other backpackers, while enjoying some good fishing in the larger tributaries.

    I don’t know what drew me to this place when I could have vacationed in many places in Colorado, or in the Tetons, or other high places I was already familiar with. Even though this was much different – almost desert-like compared to the alpine lakes country I had always aimed for – I was enthralled by the Middle Fork’s geology and the amazing journey of the salmon.

    Two years ago I was finally able to return, this time with my wife, for our first-ever self-guided raft trip down the Middle Fork. Floating down in late-season low water and sampling several of the hot springs along the way was a rich experience we will always cherish.

    This video makes me feel a hope for the future of our nation and its wild places, in light of the many people of our sons’ generation finding enjoyment and wisdom in visiting the more beautiful, remote, and ecologically functional regions of our often still-wondrous nation.

  • Ragav

    Excellent job Isaac and Bjornen. I got to tell you… I haven’t even finished watching it completely but I am already enthralled…thanks for making the program… I am not sure if you realize this but you both are giving an experience to millions of us who couldn’t do this expedition of our own..

    Hats off

  • newvoice

    Many thanks for sharing this kind of beautiful and deep experience.
    It reminds me of the twelve years i spent living on the Salmon River
    within the Siskiyou Wilderness involving northern California. My spouse and i wouldn’t have bought and sold
    that experience for anything in the world!

  • Julie

    I liked the part where Isaac talked about how the tribes that used to live there probably didn’t think of
    themselves as separate from the wild. I think that is how God intended it that we wouldn’t feel that separation.
    Look at us now! Kinda sad. Thank you both for sharing this incredible journey! I’m also thankful that there are
    places like this that are untouched and pure.

  • Roger Simister

    A fantastic adventure resulted in amazing footage. I actually felt back pain as I saw you, and Biomen lugging the camp gear, that big telephoto and the Red through miles of wilderness area. This brought back memories of the 1954 Movie “River of no Return” with Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. Thank you Isaac and Bjornen for sharing your adventure – it’s an inspirational piece of video work !

  • Thomas Jay Oord

    Great stuff! I hiked through several places noted on the film — Chamberlain Basin, Dagger Falls, Salmon River area — on my 2012 hike through Idaho. I started at the Nevada border and ended in Canada, walking 1,000 or so miles on the Idaho Centennial Trail. Watching this video makes me want to return to the River of No Return wilderness!

    Here’s a little video I made of my trip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaZtaDTFtDg

    Thomas Jay Oord

  • http://www.JanSessions.com Jan Sessions

    How can we get KEN WALKERS information on arthritis? Please send my information so I can learn more. Thank you, Jan

  • Jay

    the girl in the program sounds like she has Lyme Disease– if you know her pass this on to her- Thanks

  • Ralph

    Watched last night. Great. However, near the end when Isaac was talking (just after he may have realized that was too much his wife) directly into the camera but there was no sound. What was said and my wife and I truly hope all is well. Thanks

    Ralph Browning

  • Jim Kay

    What great photography! No distracting zooms, only the movement of nature itself. And the commitment to carry a pro RED camera system. This is nature film-making at its best.

  • Roy Gannon

    My wife and I watched Issac and Blornen’s River of No Return just last night. Awe inspiring and beautifully filmed. We can’t wait to get back to the great outdoors this summer. God Bless you both and we hope Bjornen is doing alright, she is so brave.

    I would like Ken Walkers information also, please forward my e-mail address to him.

    Kindest Regards,

    Roy Gannon

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